Last week Sarah flew in from California to stay for a few days and go to our mission reunion. It was SO great to see some of the missionaries again. I wish more of them had come. I've been home for almost 19 years now (gasp! Can I really be that old?). I served with and around some of the greatest people. They are some of my very best friends. We're bonded for life. I even love the spouses that the Elders and Sisters married. They chose well.
After Sarah went home I had a quiet moment to think about my mission and what it meant to me. I ended up crying tears of joy just thinking about it. It really was the greatest 1 1/2 years of my life and the best decision I've ever made, other than marrying Todd. I had a strong testimony before I left, but it became even stronger. I was painfully shy and couldn't talk to anyone I didn't know without dying inside, but I was able to get past it and get more out of my shell and gain a little confidence. I went on a mission to teach people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and to give to others because I felt so blessed, but I ended up getting way more out of the deal than I gave. I am SO grateful that I was blessed with such an amazing experience, and that I met so many wonderful people. I am also incredibly blessed that I was able to serve under such an amazing man as Robert S. Turley. He and Maureen (who died about 12 years ago) were such a wonderful example in my life and I love them both dearly. This is a picture of him with his new wife, Faun, who is a pretty amazing woman herself.